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What Kind of Capital Do I Need to Start a Mobile Oil Company?

What Kind of Capital Do I Need to Start a Mobile Oil Company?

Due to our economic situation in the United States many unemployed folks cannot find work, yet have very good qualifications, are self-starters, and can do just about anything. For this reason many are considering getting into a business of their own. Not long ago, someone mentioned that they wanted to get into the Mobile Oil Change business, as a career option, and so you might expect they’d have a few questions about all this right?

Sure they did, questions such as what would it cost in start-up capital be to start such an enterprise? And what if they also incorporated a fleet vehicle washing business in with it; what might that cost? Where would they buy equipment for such a business? All great questions, so let’s discuss this shall we?

Okay so, let’s answer these vitally important questions. You see, there are several companies which offer trailers or truck mounted oil change units. And many that offer mobile washing equipment. So, if you are interested in starting such a service as well, then you might just set up a trailer unit yourself, but I wouldn’t combine them into one unit due to creating scheduling challenges as the business gets bigger.

If you are an auto-buff or auto mechanic type you probably can get the equipment for a good price, or find someone going out of business and buy it used? Lots of small service businesses in the US are not making it right now for economic reasons I suppose. I bet you end up spending between $6,500 and $15,000 for equipment and then you need a vehicle or trailer to mount it on.

In fact, you might get lucky with used stuff, keep the costs low, and I wouldn’t go borrow a boat-load of money until you sign up some good accounts and get that receivable money flow coming in. Be wise, your corporate customers, government agencies are still very slow to pay right now. No, this is not the best time in the world to get into your own business, but some have no choice, and a service business is much safer than other types of businesses.

Now then, no business is recession proof, and all service businesses are hard work, but if you have the perseverance, strength of character, integrity, and will, then well, you might make a go of it. Remember companies will need to make sure their vehicles are running properly, as new equipment is very costly. Thus, it makes mobile oil changing somewhat of a necessity, and thus, perhaps something to consider when choosing a business to start. Please consider all this.…

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2007 Honda Civic

2007 Honda Civic

Again, the Honda Civic sets the standard in the small car class and is offered in such a wide variety of packages that it may just be the most customizable car as well. The 2007 Honda Civic has superb fuel consumption rates throughout all of the different types of engines available. The engines aren’t just meant for great gas consumption, they actually offer a great deal of power and performance capabilities as well. One important aspect of this year is the inclusion of the Si sports package for sedan models as well. Like the Accord there are questions regarding the instrument panel cluster and its ease of use.

Honda has been reveling in its success with the Civic for decades now, and for good reason. Trim packages available include the DX, LX, EX, GX and Si. It is important to note that each of these configurations (except the basic DX) come with different available engines with either coupes or sedan body styles. Basic DX models were developed for those who really are on a budget. They offer enough amenities to make it a modern vehicle such as power windows, height adjustable driver seats, and a basic stereo system. Those who can afford and want a little more will probably be better suited with an LX model. While these aren’t luxury packages by any means they offer creature comforts like 16 inch alloy wheels, CD/MP3 players, remote door locks, full power accessories, and a few more optional items.

The EX package is the top of the line luxury model (excluding sport and performance models) and offers just about everything consumers could imagine. Those who are interested in something slightly more sporty, stylish, or environmentally friendly still have options as well. GX models run of natural gas and have the same features as the standard LX models, and can be upgraded in a variety of ways. Those who want a sporty car can opt for the Si which also comes with an optional hybrid engine, though it lacks the power of the traditional gas engine.

Engines available include the smaller 1.8 four cylinder engine with a horsepower output of 140 and 128 pound feet of torque. There is a give speed manual transmission as standard equipment and a five speed automatic as an optional enhancement (if drivers view it that way). The natural gas engine is also 1.8 liters and has a horsepower output of 113. Si models come with a 2.0 liter engine that puts out 197 horsepower and comes with a amazing six speed manual transmission that has a limited slip front differential that truly improves overall performance.

Fuel economy is where the 2007 Honda Civic really pulls away from the pack. City to highway ratios for mpg used range from 30/40 to an incredible 49/51. Though the small car class is getting tougher to compete in with all the foreign and domestic models, the Civic is able to remain one of the class leaders in just about every category. Interior design is rather nifty as well with a very modern look that is moderately comfortable for long trips as well.

Overall, the Civic offers something for people who are on a budget or those who need a small car that can really perform. Customers must not overlook this model when looking for their next car.…

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Honda Civic Insurance Details

Honda Civic Insurance Details

Honda Civic insurance can be just about as affordable as they come. There are many reasons why civic insurance is so reasonable but one of the main reasons is that the car is thought to be dependable, reliable, and safe. Honda has a reputation for manufacturing quality automobiles that stay on the road for years and provide a safe vehicle for drivers and their families. Several safety features that the Civic has include anti lock brakes with EBD, dual stage, dual threshold front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, front seat active head restraints, child safety seat anchors, and an emergency inside trunk release. With all of this safety equipment it is easy to see why Honda Civic insurance is affordable.

Another reason that helps lower the cost of insurance is that the Civic does not have an engine that is upgraded to the point of being dangerous. All models of the Civic have reasonably sized engines that get the job done. The 1.8 liter engine that comes with most Civics is rated at 140 horsepower and 128 pound feet of torque. Honda rates the output of the Hybrid’s electric motor and gasoline engine at 110 horsepower and 123 pound feet of torque. The 2.0 liter Si models feature 197 horsepower and 139 pound feet. Finally, the Civic gets great gas mileage. Fuel economy estimates are 26/34 miles per gallon City/Highway for the five-speed manual, 25/36 miles per gallon for the five-speed automatic, and 21/29 miles per gallon for the Si six-speed manual. The Hybrid earns a 40/45 miles per gallon rating, the GX a gasoline-equivalent of 24/36.

As you can see the civic is a car that is ideal for a practical individual. It is a solid car with many features that make it highly insurable. Affordable Honda Civic insurance is just one of a million reasons to own this car.…

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Why A Big Chevy Is Cheaper To Insure Than A Tiny Civic

Why A Big Chevy Is Cheaper To Insure Than A Tiny Civic

When you first think about it, something as small as a Honda Civic should be pretty cheap to insure. Well, in comparison with something huge like a extended-cab Chevy pickup anyway. The reality is actually quite different and the big pickup will be the more affordable of the two. Yes, the half-ton monster of the road is more affordable to insure than a tiny almost-two-seater Civic. I couldn’t believe it my self.

The car insurance companies have their own algorithms for determining their insurance rates, and some are more mysterious than others. This part however is not that mysterious. Let me explain, one of the biggest things that affects the car insurance rate is the driver’s risk factor. This risk factor includes the type of car that is being insured in addition to probably hundreds of other things that have to do with the driver and probably his grandmother. In this article I want to discuss the car, because I was shocked when I found out that this huge Chevy is cheaper to insure than a small car like a Civic. So after doing a bit of looking around it was obvious why it is the way it is.

If you think about it, what type of person drives a Honda Civic? Probably a young male, maybe a college student. This is just me speculating here but it makes sense to me. Now, a young guy like that will be pretty likely to speed, to not wear a seat belt, run a red light and other risky things, and chances are he’d be doing all of the above all at the same time.

Now think about a half-ton extended-cab Chevy pickup… It is more expensive to buy and takes more money to fuel. A driver of something like that would most likely be someone a little older and probably more mature. This type of person would be less likely to do less-than-wise things on the roads and because of this exact fact, this type of person, or a person driving this type of car, will have a lower risk factor, which in turn makes the car insurance cheaper.

The top 10 cheapest cars to insure list for this year do not include even one sedan or a coupe. All 10 are either SUV’s, Pickups or Vans. Bigger and less sportier car, statistically, means safer driver.

So the takeaway from this is that if you like to save money, buy a bigger, not as sporty type of car. A van, an SUV or a pickup, to be more specific. Some crossover types of cars also made it on the top-20 list, so those may be good candidates too.…

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Back-To-School Used Cars

Back-To-School Used Cars

It’s back-to-school time, and while most teenagers will likely stamp around the house upon hearing the word, their temperament is likely to be tamed when Mom and Dad hand them the keys to a brand new car.

Well, maybe not brand new. Many families opt to purchase used cars for their children when the time comes, as they are less expensive than newer models and will likely only be driven for a few years at most. However, that doesn’t mean the car doesn’t have to be nice, and parents should carefully consider a student’s needs when it comes time to choose.

Kelley Blue Book, the company that sets most used car values, recently revealed their picks for back-to-school cars. While some of the picks were new, half of them were older models that parents can likely easily find at their local used car dealer or auto auction. Here’s a few that made the grade.

Coming in at number 8 was the used Ford Crown Victoria from 2006. While Kelley acknowledges that the Crown Vic isn’t the first car that comes to mind when one thinks of the youth demographic, it defends the decision, citing the Crown Vic’s utility (it is the top choice of cab drivers and police officers) and roomy interior compared to many budget compact cars. Safety, another big concern for parents, generally improves with larger cars, and the Crown Vic’s long wheelbase and wide body offer that in spades.

In the fourth spot was the 2008 Pontiac Vibe. Kelley recommended this hatchback for students involved in lots of extracurricular activities, as the extra trunk space allows students to transport sports equipment and band instruments. It also helps for students that it looks sleek and stylish. Parents should be aware that the Vibe was co-developed by Toyota and GM, and drivers will find almost the exact same features on a used Toyota Matrix.

But the top spot was reserved for a perennial best seller, a used Honda Civic from 2006. Kelley called the model “the smartest car purchase you can make,” reasoning that the Civic has everything a student wants – affordability, reliability, space for cargo and books, stylish while also being extremely easy to sell once the kid heads off to college (yet it’ll still be around to hand down to younger siblings).…

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The Honda Civic Cars of 2010

The Honda Civic Cars of 2010

The Honda Civic 2010 is more compact and more economical than the previous models. It goes for fuel economy while offering a lot of luxury options for its owner. The Honda Civic 2010 range is definitely a must-have for car owners who want to have all the best in a vehicle – economy, style, performance and reliability.

The Civic 2010 comes in 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic. These options can suit anyone who wants to drive this luxurious yet economical car. The prices, of course, differ. The starting price is around $15,455 (Honda Civic Coupe) but those who want to have the high-end version (Honda Civic Hybrid), the price would be at around $27,000. This price range just means that while you get top performance for any car, you still have choices depending on your finances.

The Honda Civic 2010 also boasts of its gas mileage performance especially when compared to the older models. This new beauty can go for 36 miles per gallon on a highway but can also have 29 miles for each gallon for city driving. With stats like these, you definitely get to save money on fuel. Despite its high fuel economy, the Civic 2010 remains to be one powerful car with a powerful engine.

Safety will never be compromised when it comes to this Honda car. It is, in fact, awarded for safety by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This award is due to the big improvements in the car’s body structure, the airbags, the anti-lock brake system and the vehicle stability assist features. Of course, all these are part of every Civic.

The Civic range starts with the Coupe in 2 or 4-door options. There are twelve colors and trims to choose from but the Coupe comes only in 5-speed automatic. The Honda Civic Sedan comes higher on the price notch. You can have either the SI or the Hybrid. The Hybrid is the popular option as it can save you lots of gas and money in the long run so investing for it is seen as worth it.

Over all, the Civic 2010 range tops its contemporaries because an owner gets almost a luxury car without the difficult price tag. With its luxurious features, you know that you are paying a lot less.…

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Honda Civic Carbon Fiber Hoods

Honda Civic Carbon Fiber Hoods

The Honda Civic 92-95 is a great car, so any choices, Hatch Back, Ferio, Coupe, a huge variety of engine swaps. Make your FWD beast a killer civic with a SEIBON carbon hood or a carbon trunk. Many stores sell cf hatches for the civic EG hatch back, upper and lower.

Long gone are the day or crazy body kits, huge front bumpers, wild side skirts and aggressive rear bumpers, but SEIBON carbon fiber hoods seems to have made it’s permanent mark in the automotive scene, now OEM manufacturers are adopting the use of carbon components throughout their cars. The Civic EG 92-95 looks great with a carbon lip, carbon oem hood and carbon fiber hatch. You can even go to the extreme with cf fenders and doors.

There are too many hoods to list, but they range in styles, from light weight OEM to vented styles. Many vented styles EVO, VSII, Invader and more.

Definitely check out Google’s Civic section if you own a 92-95 Civic, you can find rare carbon kevlar hoods and other parts which look awesome on a black or bronze Honda Civic. Some websites have a massive selection of composite parts, including hoods, fenders, body kits, lips, side skirts and even hatches.

The insane amount of after-market parts available for the Honda Civic EG makes part hunting almost impossible without a website that offers good navigation. Many automotive websites offer just that, excellent product navigation for the Honda Civic 92-95 EG, sortable by categories like Honda Civic Carbon Fiber Hoods.

Import tuners are very happy when they purchase SEIBON carbon fiber hoods, it’s a very popular brand with great quality. SEIBON is an excellent choice, especially for the Honda Civic 92-95. VIS Racing Sports also has quite a large selection of hoods, fenders and trunks for the same car, so it’s definitely worth the time to browse their large selection of products on eBay as well as AIT racing parts. If you can’t find the Honda Civic part you’re looking for then perhaps a company can custom make it for you.

You’re probably seen these products on many website like autobuzz back in the day or 935draggers, you can also see them on many of the popular automotive car show websites featuring the pictures from Hot Import Nights or other shows here in Southern California or Florida.…

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What In The World Is Wrong At Toyota?

What In The World Is Wrong At Toyota?

How could a company as legendary for quality and value as Toyota have come to such a painful state of affairs? Harvard Business School case studies will someday be written about the recent troubles at Toyota, and no doubt they’ll focus on the complex issues of corporate culture and the challenges associated with maintaining longterm market dominance. But, I strongly doubt that Harvard will ever grasp another key reason for the disastrous downturn in Toyota’s image – an issue that’s been brewing for quite some time.

Put simply, Toyota has won the minds, not the hearts of it’s customers. And the mind is fickle.

For the last 20 years, Toyota products have been squarely targeted at automotive consumers, not drivers. There is a big difference between the two. Consumers buy primarily on the basis of value and reliability while drivers buy for passion. Since the eras of the 1967 2000 GT, twin turbo Supra or the AE86 rear drive Corolla, Toyota has completely surrendered the passion hill in favor of mundane consumer appliances like the Camry and Highlander. There’s no doubt that Toyota makes a dammed fine automobile – but from an enthusiast’s perspective, they aren’t on the radar screen.

Our business requires frequent car trips throughout the northeast. Where a New York-to-Boston run along the Hutchinson and Merritt Parkways in a 2010 V6 Ford Fusion was a memorable drive, the same trip in a Camry was an abominable bore.

The Prius is the closest thing that Toyota currently offers to an enthusiast vehicle, but its target audience is Greenies and Technocrats, not passionate drivers. That’s why you see so many Prius being driven at 10 MPH under the posted speed limit by self-centered “hyper-milers” (can we call them Prius-Pisms?) oblivious to the traffic jam behind their rolling roadblock.

By exclusively targeting the consumer and foregoing the enthusiast mindset, Toyota has staked its entire reputation on reliability, safety and value. When these bedrock principles are challenged, consumers head for the exits with all of the sentimentality that you’d experience when changing dishwashing detergent brands.

Passion on the other hand, is a powerfully sticky stuff. It generates strong loyalty to an object, even if that object is profoundly flawed. Have you ever wondered why people remain so incredibly dedicated to 1960’s Detroit Muscle cars more than 40 years since their extinction? Despite build quality, handling and braking that could best be characterized as “maybe”, it only takes a single 7,000 RPM blast in a 427 solid lifter ’67 Corvette to burn a deep imprint on the soul. It’s why we still lust for the gorgeous lines of a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda or a `65 GT-350 Shelby Mustang. Were these great cars? In some ways positively yes, but in other ways they were actually quite terrible.

But they lit the pleasure center of the brain, and by doing so created owners who are fanatical and staunch supporters of the brands. Companies like Ferrari, Porsche, Honda (and lately GM, Ford and MoPar) understand this primal connection – and have continued to target the passionate side of the buying equation. Walk around any vehicular event, and you’ll actually see people with the Harley logo, Ford Mustang emblem or Chrysler Pentastar tattooed on their bodies. I don’t recall EVER seeing a Toyota tattoo.

So, Toyota has lived and is now wounded by the cold and purely rational consumer sword. As the media continues to pile on hype and condemnation of the brand, there few people vocally taking up Toyota’s defense. There’s little doubt that Toyota will find a workable remedy to the technical and public relations issues now plaguing it, and eventually they’ll recapture the confidence of consumers. But, had they also worked a little harder to capture the hearts of customers and automotive opinion makers, there might be fewer people enjoying schadenfreude at their current misfortunes.…

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Another Miracle by Honda Cars Is Honda Jazz

Another Miracle by Honda Cars Is Honda Jazz

Honda cars are the best known brand in India. Honda cars in the Indian market are more in demand and the sales of Honda cars are increasing year after year as Honda car in India has made its strong position and have very remarkable reputation for reliability. Honda cars in India are basically targeted to the middle class consumers such as Honda City, Civic, Accent, Accord and jazz.

Let’s discuss the Honda jazz price and features. Honda has made its entry in the hatchback segment in Indian car market with its latest model – Honda Jazz. This Honda hatchback car is the family utility car and capable for 5 people. This car has been loaded with a 2L i-VTEC engine (Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control), which promises to deliver a power of 90ps @ 6200rpm, almost smoothly. As for the torque, you can expect to receive a maximum of 110nm @ 4800rpm.

Elegance, stylish, amazing and classy words are come out from your mind when you look at the Honda Jazz car. Its luxurious, spacious and roomy interiors will give you the ride with pride. The company has also launched the new Honda Jazz X with some extra features which are lack in its old version such as alloy wheels, a new grille, fog lamps, driver seat height adjuster, blue-black interiors, a much needed USB port for the stereo system and also comes with some different colors which fills your life with joy and happiness.

Really the car is totally crafted so patiently which gives the full comfort and ease. Honda Jazz is available in three variants and all are powered by the.2L, 1198cc, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC petrol engine with 5-speed manual gearbox. Habanero Red, Deep Sea Blue, Tafeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver, Sherbet Blue are exciting colors of Honda Jazz.

There is no doubt in saying the car is prefect from every end but the price of the car is little expensive for hatchback segment. Honda Jazz car price will be competing with other hatchback segment cars like Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20 and Chevrolet SRV. The price of this car is Rs. 7.53 lakh which is more than the existing variant about Rs. 30,000.

To check out the more models of Honda cars just come to the online classified sites and select the car of your choice.…

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Honda Civic Hybrid And Petrol Car Model Overview

Honda Civic Hybrid And Petrol Car Model Overview

A Honda Civic is a compact car that comes with plush interior, exhilarating drive, stylish look and advanced technology. Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) launched the sedan in India in 2006 and is the eighth generation Civic. The model was face-lifted in 2009 September and recently re-launched a special variant, equipped with additional features of cruise control system in steering wheel, rear windscreen sunshade and many more. A Honda Civic is the entry level sedan on D-segment that competes with Skoda Laura, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla. Honda Civic is available as the petrol versions and hybrid versions. The petrol version comes with three variants – 1.8 S MT, 1.8 V MT and 1.8 V. The hybrid version comes with 1.3 L engine with constant variable transmissions. The petrol version also comes with Inspire and Elegance models. Honda Civic price ranges between 12 lacs and 14.5 lacs.

Honda Civic Engine and Specifications

The Civic has a 1.8L, 4-cylinders, 1799 cc, i-VTEC petrol engine that has a capacity to crank the maximum power of 132 PS at the rate of 6300 rpm and maximum torque of 17.5 kgm at the rate of 4300 rpm. Both automatic and manual transmission variants come with five speed gearbox along with the paddle shift, which ensures to give powerful acceleration. The advanced i-VTEC technology plays significant role in performance, fuel economy and engine power. The Civic exterior measures 4545 mm in length, 1750 mm in width and 1450 mm in height. Wheelbase of 2700 mm, ground clearance of 170 mm and the Kerb weight is 1240 kg.

Honda Civic Performance

The manual and the automatic transmissions deliver smooth ride. Installation of advanced i-VTEC technology assures to deliver quality engine performance with better fuel efficiency and fast acceleration. i-VTEC technology has throttle system and drive-by-wire that make sure to keep the exhilaration active even after the ride is completed. With the help of computer assistance the throttle valve is controlled by electric gesture as a replacement for of traditional mechanic wire.

Honda Civic Exterior, Interior and Safety

The entire (both front and rear) has sporty appearance, as the front portion is fully covered with sporty components that come with smoky headlights; the lower grille of the front portion is placed at the center with fog lamps at both the edges with metallic coat and Honda logo placed in the middle. The Base model provides body color door handles and door protectors and the higher ends come with chrome plated handles. The rear trunk and the rear bumper go well with each other. Honda Civic has cockpit styled interiors that compliments with its stylish exterior. The sedan is equipped with auto AC system that ensures to deliver even chillness to the entire chalet. An elegant instrumental cluster is neatly placed on the dashboard along side the audio system with CD-player and an audio control in the armrest of the rear side.

As part of safety system the Civic is equipped with the standard safety systems like Electronic Break Force Distribution (EBD), Anti-breaking System (ABS), SRS Airbags for driver and front passenger, pre-tensioned seat belts and so on.…